Spend your Valentine at home with HBO
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In my house everyday is Valentine’s Day. So this Friday I’m excited to be home and just chill with my boys in my socks and sweats.
Got no date on Valentine’s Day? Who wants to join the traffic anyway?
Have your date with HBO as it lines up a romantic movie marathon on February 14, 2014.
Here’s what showing from 12 midnight onwards:

12 AM — The Five Year Engagement
(Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans)

About a young couple that takes a little longer to say ‘I do’. An affianced duo—he’s a chef and she’s an academic—weather their share of challenges including several moves across the country, a romantic competition and even a break-up.

The Five Year Engagement

2 AM — Like Crazy
(Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence)

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she overstays her visa and gets banned from the U.S.

Like Crazy

3:30 AM — Message in a Bottle
(Kevin Costner, Robin Wright-Penn, Paul Newman)

Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. Walking alone on deserted beach, a woman finds a bottle containing a moving, passionate letter, signed simply, “G.” The letter’s poetry and heartache compel her to begin a search for the author which eventually leads to a sailboat builder on the Outer Banks of North Carolina—and a chance to find love.

Message in a Bottle

5:45 AM — The Holiday
(Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law)

Two women with problems in love, Iris and Amanda, meet on the Internet and exchange houses to change their lifestyles. When Iris heads to California and Amanda moves to a traditional English countryside, respective romances brew and both ladies find it hard to make a decision.

The Holiday
The Holiday

8:00 AM — How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg)

Andie is a sexy young journalist who’s stuck writing a cheesy advice column for a magazine. For a change, she decides to write a piece on things women do that turn men off, and personally attempts to snag and scare off a man in 10 days—in the name of research.

How to lose a guy in 30 days

9:50 AM — The Notebook
(Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly, David Thornton)

Based on the best-selling novel by acclaimed author, Nicholas Sparks. When a young North Carolina boy, Noah, sees the beautiful Allie Hamilton, it’s love at first sight. Allie initially treats him as a friend and nothing more, but against the wishes of her aristocratic mother, she finds herself falling in love with Noah. Their vastly different social backgrounds, her mother’s stifling supervision and her looming, arranged engagement to Lon Hammond Jr., are more than enough to hinder their romance. But Noah and Allie prove that true love is indeed strong enough to withstand the brutal tests of memory and time.

The Notebook

11:55 AM — Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
(Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, Josh Duhamel)

A small-town grocery bagger, Rosalee, adores the Hollywood bad-boy celebrity, Tad Hamilton, and ends up winning a date with him. She’s over the moon, but her friend, Pete isn’t since he’s been carrying the torch for her. When the actor gets smitten by Rosalee’s character, he follows her back to West Virginia, much to Pete’s chagrin.

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

1:30 PM — Bridget Jones’ Diary
(Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant)

Based on Helen Fielding’s book. Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single English woman, decides to improve her life and chronicle the efforts in a diary. We follow her efforts through her wry and witty narration, as she struggles with career, family, and romantic challenges.

bridget jones diary

3:05 PM — Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
(Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant)

Bridget Jones begins to question her romance with the ultra-conservative Marc Darcy. To complicate matters, Daniel Cleaver, Bridget’s wild playboy boss asks her to join him on location in Thailand for a TV shoot.

bridget jones edge of reason

4:50 PM — The Lake House
(Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock)

As lonely Dr. Kate Forster exchanges letters with architect Alex Wyler, their correspondence grows into love, but the two realize they are living in the same house two years apart. To be together, they must unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance, knowing that their quest may destroy the link that has allowed them to fall in love.


6:30 PM – When in Rome
(Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston)

An ambitious young New Yorker, disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a “foolish” fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors: a sausage magnate, a street magician, an adoring painter, and a self-admiring model. But when a charming reporter pursues her, how will she know if his love is the real thing?

When in Rome

8 PM — Hitch
(Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James)

Alex Hitchens is a legendary, and deliberately anonymous, New York City “date doctor” who, for a fee, has helped countless men woo the women of their dreams. While coaching Albert, a meek accountant who is smitten with a glamorous celebrity, Allegra Cole, Hitch finally meets his match in the gorgeous, whip-smart Sara Melas, a gossip columnist who follows Allegra’s every move. Hitch suddenly finds himself falling in love with Sara, a reporter whose biggest scoop could very well be the unmasking of Manhattan’s most famous date doctor.


10 PM — This Is 40
(Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow)

Both Pete and Debbie are about to turn 40. With their kids hating each other and both of their businesses failing, the couple is on the verge of losing their house and their already estranged relationship.

This is 40

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Kiss on the lips at Pepper Lunch, year 5!
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Is there someone you’re dying to kiss who just happens to love chocolate?
On Valentine’s Day, bring him/her/it to any Pepper Lunch store in the Philippines to get a free Molten Milk Chocolate cake to share!
Only 100 cakes will be given per outlet, so come early.
Now that’s a good reason to kiss on the Lips.

Pepper Lunch promo

Find your favorite branch below and like them on Facebook.

Pepper Lunch locations

Win Samsung phones and more from @chuvaness
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I dislike any form of online voting, but I couldn’t say no to Style Bible when they shortlisted me this time for Blogger of the Year 2013. And thanks to all who voted and persevered and a miracle, I won!!

Best Of 2013 _ Stylebible

I don’t believe in vote buying, but I believe in prizes and thank yous.
That’s why I’m giving away two wonderful phones from Samsung Philippines.
I personally love my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and don’t leave home without it. The Samsung Galaxy Mega is a larger device called a “phablet” (phone/tablet) which is similar to the Note 3, minus the S-pen tool.


If you don’t win a phone, eight of you can also win a pair of plush toys from Line, the Mobile messenger app with various stickers, plus free voice and video calls over 3G/4G & Wi-Fi.
Now please read carefully…


To win a phone, you must be able to pick up the prize at the Fort (my office) or a Pepper Lunch Shangri-La Plaza, Rockwell or Greenbelt.
To win a plush toy, you must have a Philippine address (I can ship them to you).

1) Must have a Philippine address.
2) Must have a Facebook or Twitter account.
3) Share this entry by clicking the Facebook or Twitter button below.
4) Register HERE.
5) Contest starts on February 12, 2014 and ends on February 15 at 11 PM.
6) There will be two winners of Samsung phones and eight winners of Line plush toys (two plush toys each).
7) Winners will be chosen via electronic raffle and posted here on
8) Winners will be informed via email or text on how to receive their prizes.
9) Only one entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted.

A “posh” Puregold opens at Fairview Terraces
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Aside from my favorite, deserted Puregold Jr. on Pioneer Street, the only other Puregold supermarket I’ve ever been to is on Shaw Boulevard.
I get to save a lot in that branch, but I avoid that place because of all the people—mostly store owners who buy wholesale. Imagine the lines.
Interior-wise, most Puregold stores are no-nonsense supermarkets like this old one on Commonwealth.

Old puregold

This customer service counter will take you back about ten years…

Old puregold

Well, Puregold isn’t just for time warps anymore, as they recently opened a more upscale store at Fairview Terraces in Quezon City.


My friend Rem and I got a special tour from Puregold recently.
Upon seeing the lights, Rem said, “Wow. Singapore!”


The new Puregold Terraces offers a saner shopping experience to Fairview residents who prefer quality and convenience. But don’t let the interiors scare you. Prices here are same as in other Puregold branches, though its focus is more on household use.


It has a wider assortment of imported and branded items, plus full fresh operations offering Australian beef, organic products, and wide selection of cheese.

Dutch cheese

For those who love spaghetti, worry not, they have Farmer Sanchez.

Parmesan cheese

My friend Chuck swears by these Baygon dengue sprays. They are deadly!! You must plan to leave the premises after spraying. It will kill all mosquitoes and even pets! Keep away from children!! (I bought three.)

Dengue spray

If size matters to you, they have large packages of household items

Knorr mixes

This means the branch stocks a very limited assortment of sachets.
But for small business owners, Puregold Terraces also has its own Tindahan ni Aling Puring for members who want to purchase wholesale.
The checkout counters are plenty and feature good design


We spotted Jessica Zafra hoarding cat food (surprise!!)

Jessica Zafra
Cat food

Finally, these guys brought our groceries to our car. If you’re shopping at Puregold or anywhere, make sure to bring your eco-bags. Most of the time I find that I’m the only one using eco-bags.


Thank you Puregold for the tour!
Puregold Fairview Terraces is at Quirino Highway corner Maligaya Drive, Novaliches, Quezon City.
Read about Jessica Zafra’s shopping experience HERE.

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